Hayden Donnell

Hayden Donnell is a contributing writer for The Spinoff.

Politics
Sep 21, 2021

Opinion: My opinion on NZ's Covid strategy is bold, unwavering and probably wrong

The truth is that I didn’t know what an 'R number' was a year ago.

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Television
Jun 21, 2021

The hunt for Little Ted's head

It has been an enduring local mystery for over three decades – where in the world is Little Ted's head?

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Politics
May 29, 2021

Auckland's transport planners are out of control

John Tamihere said AT had gone rogue. Hayden Donnell says he was right.

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Society
May 25, 2021

Life hack: Try writing on a piece of paper

Everybody knows writing is terrible. Hayden Donnell recommends a trick to make at least part of the process a little bit easier.

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Society
Mar 24, 2021

Kia kaha, property speculators

Property investors are on struggle street following Labour’s big housing announcement. Hayden Donnell offers some comfort and advice to the nation’s reeling landlord class.

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Politics
Mar 11, 2021

We need to make driving in Auckland even worse

Politicians are constantly promising to make things easier for the drivers currently caught in Auckland’s peak hour traffic jams. Hayden Donnell argues the opposite is true.

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Society
Feb 23, 2021

Fed-up residents speak out on grey, characterless things ruining their suburbs

NZ news is replete with articles on residents standing bravely in opposition to new housing developments. But what if the stories were told from another point of view?

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Money
Feb 7, 2021

Oh no: one landlord is set to own all of Christchurch by the year 2053

Our special Spinoff data analysis has uncovered some disturbing findings.

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Society
Jan 22, 2021

Did everyone spontaneously applaud Amanda Palmer in a Havelock North cafe? A Spinoff investigation

Right now, our most fiery national debate is over whether New Zealanders were nice to the singer Amanda Palmer in a café.

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Politics
Jan 5, 2021

A frame-by-frame analysis of Tova O’Brien’s hall-of-fame National shambles story

Last night New Zealand witnessed one of the most exhilarating, confronting political stories to air on national television.

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Ātea
Dec 28, 2020

An interview with Heta Gardiner: A lonely Māori voice at the Covid-19 briefings

Heta Gardiner's questions offered a glimpse of a media world with different incentives, priorities and cultural values during the daily Covid-19 briefings.

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Society
Dec 16, 2020

Get it to the time capsule: Hayden Donnell on what we should bury to sum up 2020

Nobody loves collecting up things and trying to put them in another thing like Hayden Donnell.

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Politics
Dec 3, 2020

I finally solved the housing crisis. Ask me how

Experts have made the case for tax and interest rate adjustments to address the housing crisis in recent times. Hayden Donnell makes another, highly technical suggestion.

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Politics
Oct 19, 2020

Winners, losers, big losers, and gigantic losers from Election 2020

Grab your political popcorn for a merciless appraisal of the election's high profile players.

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Politics
Oct 12, 2020

Wellington, reviewed

Hayden Donnell recently spent some time in Wellington. This is his review.

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Politics
Sep 30, 2020

One day you will die, and you will have to tell Jesus Christ the things you’ve said about Judith Collins

The National leader was simply articulating an orthodox theological position.

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Politics
Sep 24, 2020

The courage to make life better

Labour has made an extraordinary ascent in the polls, and is now clinging to a mostly unthreatening brand of incremental centrism. Hayden Donnell counts the cost of that strategy. 

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Politics
Sep 16, 2020

Yes, public health is important. But surely not as important as rugby

A little bit of Covid-19 is a small price to pay for a whole lot of rugby, writes Hayden Donnell

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Society
Sep 8, 2020

The bronchiectasis bargain

According to Property Investors Federation spokesman Andrew King, some tenants don't actually want new heat pumps.

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Auckland
Sep 5, 2020

In search of Auckland’s post-Covid transformation

Dozens of major cities are building cycleways and pedestrianising streets as they adapt to the post-pandemic world. What's going on in Auckland?

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Society
Aug 27, 2020

An incomplete list of my rejected story pitches to The Spinoff

For every nugget of gold printed by The Spinoff, there are several more nuggets of slightly less lustrous gold. Hayden Donnell lists some of his rejected story ideas.

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Media
Aug 17, 2020

As rumours swirl, media grapple with how to responsibly cover conspiracy theories

In New Zealand, as overseas, authorities are dealing with two parallel crises: the Covid-19 virus and the maelstrom of misinformation surrounding it.

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Politics
Aug 15, 2020

Merv endings: A deep dive into the world of phony political talkback calls

The National Party figure thought to have adopted a fake name and called up talkback is far from the first political figure to try this tactic.

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Politics
Aug 8, 2020

100% accurate predictions for the 2020 general election campaign

More scandal? More yaks? More Jami-Lee Ross? Read on to find out...

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Politics
Jul 25, 2020
Politics
Jul 20, 2020

Fear and loathing and John Farnham at Winston Peters’ campaign launch

Winston Peters took the stage to launch an unlikely bid to stay in parliament on Sunday. Hayden Donnell went along for a close encounter with the New Zealand First faithful.

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